My question is what company to buy from? Also for those of you who
are 'pros' what is the thing wish you had gotten or done
differently when you ordered when you bought your mill?
I got my Durston C-150 from Frei and Borel and would buy from them
again (I do, quite often in fact). I wish now I had paid just shy of
twice as much money and gotten the D4-158. Nothing wrong with the
C-150, it is an extraordinarily fine piece of equipment, it’s just
the D4-158 is more than twice as much mill with far more than twice
the capabilities, and dollar for dollar is a much better value. At
the time I bought it, I didn’t think I could justify the extra
expense and that the C-150 could handle just about anything I was
likely to throw it’s way. Now I think “I wish I knew then what I know
now!” I work at or near its maximum capacity far more than I ever
would have thought.
Because a Durston mill can be a one-time, life-time purchase, my
only advice is to buy the most mill you can. If you care for it well,
a Durston mill will easily last for your entire career and then some,
so don’t compromise and get a smaller one thinking you’ll get a
bigger/better one later or that you won’t ever need anything bigger.
You will probably find, as I did, that you will use your mill for
more and more different kinds of tasks as you learn how to make
maximum use of it’s capabilities beyond just reducing sheet and wire.
You can always use a larger mill for smaller projects, but it doesn’t
always work the other way around. Upgrading later could cost you far
more in the long run.
All that said, you are going to love your Durston mill, no matter
which one you get or who you buy it from. Keep it clean, oiled and
covered and it will last as long as you do.